10 amazing health benefits of aloe vera

We have all heard about the amazing benefits aloe vera has for one’s skin and hair. But did you know that it can do wonders for your entire body? Right from aiding in proper digestion to helping you beat conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and constipation, aloe vera boasts of many benefits. 
 
Improves digestion:  Aloe vera is packed with nutrients and some of the most effective ones are the eight enzymes that it contains – aliiase, alkaline  phosphatase, amylase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase and peroxidase – all of which help immensely with digestion. These enzymes are the main components in the breakdown of sugars and fats, enhancing digestion and nutrient absorption. If indigestion is something you struggle with, then eating either aloe vera pulp or drinking its juice everyday can do you a great deal of good. This property of aloe vera also makes it a very potent antidote against IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and acid reflux.

Is a great laxative: A very potent adaptogen (a compound that helps the body adapt to changes in the environment that affect the body’s functioning), aloe vera helps the body deal with stress and improves digestion by acclimatizing the body to dietary changes. Apart from that, it also increases the ability of your gut to absorb nutrients and digest foods – helping immensely in relieving constipation, the symptoms of IBS and acid reflux.

Rids your body of intestinal worms:  Aloe vera is known to be a great vermifuge and is very effective in killing worms within the stomach. The reasons for this is that it exhibits strong anti nematidal (worm killing) activity and helps maintain the balance of the natural flora within your stomach, helping it keep infections at bay.

Detoxifies your body: Made mainly of gelatinous material, aloe vera is a great way to help detox your body. This material when eaten, passes through your stomach and absorbs all the toxins. What’s more it even helps in the proper removal of these wastes as feces making sure none of the toxins remain in the body. In the practice of  Ayurveda, aloe vera is used as a compound to get rid of ama’  or the toxic waste that commonly adheres to the intestinal walls and causes diseases.

Lowers cholesterol levels and protects your heart : A study published in the British Medical Journal found that beta sitosterol helps in reducing ones cholesterol levels, and aloe vera is packed with this compound. Apart from that, aloe vera also contains a large number of fatty acids that aid in the breakdown of fats in the body – helping in the overall reduction of cholesterol. All these actions also help improve circulation and regulates blood pressure, in turn protecting the heart from the ill effects of cholesterol.

Enhances the immune system: Aloe vera is rich in both polysaccharides and monosaccharides. Both these compounds when put together are highly effective in boosting your immune system by strengthening macropahges (white blood cells), which helps fight against bacteria and viruses.

Is an effective antioxidant : Packed with anti oxidants and adaptogens, aloe vera is great to beat oxidative stress. Not only does it boost your immune system and balance out all the bodily systems, but it also helps repair any damage due to stress and oxidation.

Acts an anti bacterial, anti fungal : Aloe vera’s active ingredients are sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol prevent the growth of disease causing microorganisms and act as a strong antimicrobial agent helping in keeping infections at bay. These compounds are also very effective against fungus and viruses making aloe vera a very potent anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral agent.

Reduces joint inflammation and improves joint flexibility:  Packed with a large number of anthraqunones (compounds like aloetic acid and cinnamonic  acid) that are very effective in easing inflammation both internally and externally, aloe vera is highly effective in reducing joint inflammation. These anthraquinones when ingested help reduce the swelling caused due to various stomach disorders like ulcerative colitis, ulcers, acidity etc. and when applied externally work just as well on skin infections, burns and joint pain. Moreover studies have shown that the aloe vera can also help lubricate the joints making them less prone to pain due to arthritis and other joint disorders.

Improves skin health: Aloe vera is very soothing for the skin and does not cause any irritation. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help in treating blemishes, acne and other skin problems. A minor cut or wound, a burn or a rash can be effectively treated with aloe vera. The gel is extracted from the leaves of the plant and when applied to the skin, softens dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth upon regular use. It also delays visible signs of ageing like fine lines and appearance of wrinkles.

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